Monday, August 20, 2012

Goat Milk Soap?


One of the things I wanted to try my hand at making was goat's milk soap. I have not been getting milk this week because Ellie is in the main pasture with her voracious offspring. This is in the hopes that they will help to stimulate some milk production, which had been on a real decline. This arrangement is due to come to an end this weekend, but for now, I am out of goat's milk to use for cheese or anything else. And, in case I am out of goat's milk until Leah, Rachel, and Pepper are bred and kidded this Spring, I wanted to use what goat's milk I had on hand to, at least, try to make soap.

After searching the Internet and reading multiple recipes, I decided to try out this one; it looked like it was the easiest. I really want to find a recipe that does not call for using lye, but unless I want to buy a goat's milk base, it looks like I must use lye. If any of you have a good recipe for making soap without the use of lye, I would be very interested in it.

Ingredients:
3 cups goat's milk
1.5 lbs lard, tallow, or vegetable shortening
6.5 oz lye
1 cup baby oatmeal
2 tsp borax
2 ounces glycerine

In preparation for making soap tomorrow, I purchased 3 essential oil fragrances; honey/almond, cucumber/melon, and eucalyptus mint (I am picturing this one for use in pedicures.) And, I froze 2 batches of 3 cups of goat's milk in some freezer safe plastic bags. The lye causes a chemical reaction that raises the temperature of the milk quickly and it can scorch. Freezing it, is said to help alleviate that issue. We'll see.

Thanks for visiting!
Sonja ♥




3 comments:

  1. I hope the soap making is a success!

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  2. Ohh I hope it works well for you!!!

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  3. I made soap once with some family members and it turned out really well. It was a lye based soap. We tried, but couldn't find a good recipe without lye. That stuff is strong!

    Good luck!

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